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Department of Psychology
Psychology is the scientific study and application of knowledge concerning the behavioral and cognitive processes of
humans and other animals. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology. This degree prepares students for employment in applied settings or for graduate study in psychology and related fields. Students who choose not to continue
toward a graduate degree may find employment in a wide variety of organizations and agencies as well as in research
settings where knowledge of behavior and cognition is useful. For such students, a B.S. in psychology offers
a broad liberal arts background. Those students who obtain an advanced degree (typically an M.S. or a Ph.D.) may find
employment in research settings, academic settings, or private practice, although individuals with advanced degrees also
work in a wide variety of other organizations.
The psychology curriculum introduces students to the basic scientific and applied areas of the discipline. It
emphasizes theories, methods, and terminology, as well as research findings in each of psychology's major subareas.
Students learn about various research methods used to study psychological phenomena, as well as the strengths and
limitations of each. Students conduct psychological research or perform fieldwork in a setting related to psychology,
gaining experience that forms the basis for the Senior Thesis Capstone course.
Any student who enrolls in a psychology course without having passed all prerequisite(s) with a "C" or better grade will be required to withdraw from the course.
Curricula in Psychology
The program leading to a B.S. degree offers psychological science and applied psychology options. Within these options, students select the appropriate psychology electives and career electives in consultation with their advisors based on the student's career goals and interests. Options and electives are described below. Psychology majors cannot have a grade less than "C" in a PSYX course used to satisfy graduation requirements.
|PSYX 100IS--Intro to Psychology ||3|
|Take at least one of the following|
| BIOB 100IN--Organism Function ||3|
| BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems ||4|
| BCHM 104RN--Biochem of Health ||4|
|Take at least one of the following|
| M 145Q or higher ||3|
| STAT 216Q
|University Core, PSYX, and Career Elects||20-21|
|PSYX 223--Research Design & Analysis I ||4|
|PSYX 225--Research Design & Analysis II ||3|
|University Core, PSYX, and Career Elects||23|
|Sophomore, Junior & Senior Years
|Take at least eight of the following||24|
|PSYX 230--Developmental Psychology |
|PSYX 235D--Contemp Issues in Human Sexual |
|PSYX 270--Fund Psychology of Learning |
|PSYX 274--Psychological Measurement |
|PSYX 325--Applied Critical Thinking |
|PSYX 333--Psychology of Aging |
|PSYX 335--Psychology of Gender |
|PSYX 340--Abnormal Psychology |
|PSYX 350--Physiological Psychology |
|PSYX 354--Sensation & Perception |
|PSYX 360--Social Psychology |
|PSYX 370--Psychology of Learning |
|PSYX 375--Behavior Modification |
|PSYX 380--Memory & Cognition |
|PSYX 384--Consciousness |
|PSYX 385--Psychology of Personality |
|PSYX 400--History & Systems in Psychology |
|PSYX 461--Indust & Organiz Psy
|PSYX 462--Psychology of Prejudice |
|PSYX 463--Social Cognition |
|PSYX 481--Judgment & Decision Making
|PSYX 482--Psycholinguistics |
|PSYX 491--Special Topics |
|Take at least one of the following:|
| PSYX 490R--Undergraduate Research|
| PSYX 495--Field Practicum in Appl Psych ||3|
|Take the following:|
| PSYX 499R--Senior Thesis Capstone ||3|
A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.
All students must complete additional courses that complement their career goals in a discipline other than psychology. Specific courses are selected by the student. Each student should carefully consider electives based on career plans and goals.
Disciplines from which electives are selected typically include: biology, chemistry, computer science, human development, industrial and management engineering, business, management, sociology and statistics. A minimum of 12 credits is required, although students are encouraged to take more than this minimum. Some of the credits shall be in upper-division courses.
Applied Psychology Option.
Students interested in areas of applied psychology such as industrial/organizational psychology, human resource management, or organizational behavior, may consider the Applied Psychology Option and may choose career elective courses in such disciplines as business management, industrial and management engineering and statistics.
Psychological Science Option
Students interested in areas of psychological science may choose elective courses in disciplines such as biology, computer science, sociology and statistics.
Students interested in advanced study in clinical psychology or counseling psychology may follow either the Psychological Science Option or the Applied Psychology Option and should choose career elective courses in such disciplines as biology, or human development. Students in either option should consider taking career elective courses in other social science areas such as sociology or political science.
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